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Biology

Biology-related professions are almost as vast and varied as the organisms that biologists study. For some students, a biology degree is a step toward realizing their dream of medical school. Other students pursue careers as researchers, environmental scientists, forensic scientists, and microbiologists to name a few.

Overview

At Eastern Nazarene College, our aim is to provide students with the best possible understanding of the field of biology. From marine biology to bioinformatics, students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the classroom, the lab, and the field. 

Students learn from experienced faculty who are leading research in their field while remaining committed to their main focus, the success of students. At Eastern Nazarene College, students have the advantage of working in modern labs with cutting-edge equipment. As a capstone to an academically rigorous curriculum, students also take part in undergraduate research projects to broaden their understanding of biology and hone their skills. 

Graduates of Eastern Nazarene College’s biology program have conducted research at Harvard Medical School, Dana Farber Cancer Center, Woods Hole National Labs and more. Eastern Nazarene biology students also work on research internationally in Belize, Guatemala, New Zealand, Hawaii, Galapagos, and others. Earning a biology degree at Eastern Nazarene College affords students the opportunity to follow their passion in the STEM field and integrate that knowledge with their beliefs and values. 

Biology Department Objectives 

  • To provide the opportunity for the student to become familiar with the principal phenomena of life and to foster the continuous development of understanding and proficiency in the biological sciences. 
  • To provide training in molecular, cellular, organismal, and population biology and to assist the student in the application of the knowledge acquired in collateral preparation in chemistry, mathematics, and physics to biology. 
  • To encourage an understanding and appreciation of inquiry and its practice as the “process” underlying the logic of biology and its ancillary sciences; to help the student learn the major methods and skills involved, including evaluation and relevance. 
  • To provide the training and technical background for the students having biology prerequisites for professional preparation. 
  • To prepare the student for graduate study in science: the health professions, and /or careers in biology, including teaching, technology, public service, and research. 

Career Paths

Students participate in internships and research at top hospitals, universities, research facilities, and firms including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Blue Hills Rehabilitation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Columbia University. CVS, Genzyme, Harvard Vanguard, Idaho Fish and Game, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Mass General Hospital, Museum of Science Boston, New England Aquarium, Peace Corps, Quest Diagnostics, Schepens Eye Institute, South Shore Natural Science Center, Tufts Medical Center, and Wolf Education Research Center, among others.

For the past 10 years, more than 80% of students who applied to graduate or professional schools were accepted. Graduates have attended schools such as Albany Medical College, University of South Alabama, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Boston University, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Drexel University, University of New England, Suffolk University, Temple University School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Staten Island, James Cook University Medical School, Georgia Tech, Northeastern University, Emory University, Indiana University, University of Pittsburgh, University of New Hampshire, University of Maryland, Merrimack College, and the University of Vermont.

 

Undergraduate Catalog

For course descriptions, requirements, focus areas, options, and other program details see the full current undergraduate catalog.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the BS in Biology degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Complete a course of study covering the foundational knowledge and scientific principles of their chosen subject area.
  • Have the academic and technical background necessary to successfully enter graduate school and/or professional employment.
  • Gather and organize scientific data, analyze it, evaluate its meaning and develop models for interpreting scientific phenomena.
  • Make observations, formulate questions and hypothesis, make predictions and make accurate scientific measurements in an investigative setting.
  • Create appropriate images, figures, models, posters, presentations or other creative products to convey information, present results or interpret data in a meaningful and aesthetically pleasing manner.
  • Write a scientific research proposal including background, specific aims, materials and methods, budget and project timeline.
  • Prepare and deliver scientific presentations in various media formats to their peers and professors using current technology as appropriate.
  • Participate in a praxis experience which applies theoretical knowledge of their chosen field of study to practical situations and interactions.
  • Participate cooperatively in groups, displaying professional and ethical behavior.

Upon completion of the BA in Biology degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Complete a course of study covering the foundational knowledge and scientific principles of their chosen subject area.
  • Have the academic and technical background necessary to successfully enter graduate school and/or professional employment.
  • Gather and organize scientific data, analyze it, evaluate its meaning and develop models for interpreting scientific phenomena.
  • Make observations, formulate questions and hypothesis, make predictions and make accurate scientific measurements in an investigative setting.
  • Create appropriate images, figures, models, posters, presentations or other creative products to convey information, present results or interpret data in a meaningful and aesthetically pleasing manner.
  • Write a scientific research proposal including background, specific aims, materials and methods, budget and project timeline.
  • Prepare and deliver scientific presentations in various media formats to their peers and professors using current technology as appropriate.
  • Participate in a praxis experience which applies theoretical knowledge of their chosen field of study to practical situations and interactions.
  • Participate cooperatively in groups, displaying professional and ethical behavior.
Program Type

Major, Minor

Degree

B.S., B.A.

Area of Study

Science

Contact Us

Matthew Waterman

Professor of Biology

617-745-3551

Matthew.Waterman@enc.edu

Shrader Hall

Why students love Biology

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As a biology major, I am encouraged to embrace academic challenges in my classes and labs so I will be well prepared for the challenges I will face in medical school and the medical profession.”

Eva Montrond, '21
Hometown: Dorchester, Massachusetts

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